Case Study: Australian state of Victoria Prime Safe scheme uses standards and third-party auditing in food licensing

Australian state of Victoria Prime Safe scheme uses standards and third-party auditing in food licensing

Operating a risk-based system of audits, where, ‘the frequency of audits for licensees is set in line with the level of risk inherent in the product processed at the facility. The greater the assessed risk, the greater the number of audits required’, The Prime Safe scheme in the Australian state of Victoria works across all areas of the meat, poultry and seafood supply chain.

The scheme also recognises the benefit of certification to ISO 9001 as, ‘Any meat processing facility subject to a quarterly audit schedule and has incorporated into its operations an accredited ISO 9001:2008 quality assurance system can have their audit frequency adjusted to a biannual audit schedule (subject to PrimeSafe approval)’.

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